“I tell you now, people get freedom in Namibia”. These words echoed in my mind as Neil and I set out to once again travel to one of our favourite destinations.
Our tour group had flown in the night before from the Netherlands. We have a special place in our hearts for the Dutch tongue as it resonates so closely to Afrikaans. I was excited for them, because I knew what was waiting for them. A thrill for the senses, an experience that can compare to no other.
After we landed at Walvis Bay Airport, we set out to Swakopmund. Later, we would be taking on the Skeleton Coast – the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean coast of Namibia and south of Angola from the Kunene River south to the Swakop River. Although the name is sometimes used to describe the entire Namib Desert coast. The name stems from the many ships that had sunk over the past few centuries.
As we hit the road, our Dutch friends were excited to learn about the beautiful landscape and witness the rich wildlife first-hand as we explored the country. There is something special about travelling on sand dunes for hours on end. The vast openness and freedom of the country gets me every time.
One of the highlights, was spotting a leopard – a rare sighting for any safari.
Our second highlight, was coming across lion. We just loved how this lion was playing around in the water pools.
We decided to spend some time in observe these animals for a while. The male captivated us.
If you’re thinking of heading out to Namibia, explore this very useful website. We share a few useful tips to keep in mind:
- Namibia’s national currency, pegged to the South African Rand, is the Namibian Dollar but travellers who have combined South Africa with Namibia can use either currency in shops, lodges, markets and restaurants throughout the country. Note however that the Namibian Dollar is not accepted in South Africa.
- Visa and Mastercard credit cards are generally accepted throughout Namibia though holders of other credit cards are advised to check whether their card is acceptable. Self-drivers should note that credit cards are not accepted at petrol stations
- Average summer temperatures: 15°C to 40°C
- Average winter temperatures: 0°C to 23°C
- Rainy season: October/November to April
- Every visitor to Namibia must be in possession of a passport that is valid until six months after the initial date of travel; however no visas are required for citizens of the USA, UK, most European countries (including France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland), Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, Japan and Singapore. Travellers receive entry for 90 days and visas for onward travel can be obtained in Windhoek.
If you need any help planning your safari, give us a shout. We take care of the details so that you don’t have to.
Until next time, cheers!